South Dakota


Support Critical Funding for Alzheimer's Programs - HB 1338

In South Dakota, over 18,000 people aged 65 or older are living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and nearly 20,000 South Dakotans are providing unpaid care. Increased funding for important state programs like respite care and support could change the lives of these South Dakotans living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Respite care provides a much-needed break for family caregivers and allows the caregiver to take care of their personal medical issues, complete tasks outside of the home, or simply enjoy time off from the demands of caregiving. Therefore, the Alzheimer’s Association is calling on legislators to increase funding by at least 6%, as reflected in HB 1338, for the Department of Human Services to support programs for persons living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in South Dakota.

South Dakota State Plan Overview

The South Dakota Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan Work Group was established in 2015 and expanded in April 2017 to a larger group of stakeholders, charged with creating the state’s response to Alzheimer’s. The Work Group conducted a comprehensive needs assessment and hosted town halls across the state, paid in part by a South Dakota Community Foundation Community Innovation Grant. In June 2018, the South Dakota State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias was published.


South Dakota State Advocacy Day

February 15, 2022

The South Dakota 2022 State Advocacy Day has passed but there is still time to take action in support of South Dakota families living with Alzheimer's and other dementias by reaching out to state lawmakers! Thank you to all who participated in this year's event. Please join us again next year!

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State Affairs Contact Thomas Elness | (605) 789-4997 [email protected]

Alzheimer's Facts and Figures in South Dakota

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer's Association®, reveals the burden of Alzheimer's and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation's health care system.


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Individuals living with Alzheimer's in South Dakota

This number is projected to increase 11.1% between 2020 and 2025.

Nationally, there are more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer's. This number is expected to more than double by 2050.



Deaths from Alzheimer's in South Dakota in 2019

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There has been a 177% increase in Alzheimer's deaths since 2000. Alzheimer's is the 5th leading cause of death in South Dakota.

There were 69 more deaths than expected from Alzheimer's and dementia during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, 10% higher than average.


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Value of unpaid care work

Hours of unpaid care

Nationally, Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers provided nearly $257 billion in unpaid care in 2021. In South Dakota, there are 19,000 dementia caregivers, who each provide an average of 18 hours of unpaid care per week




per capita Medicare spending on people with dementia



Medicaid costs of caring for people with Alzheimer's in 2020

Hospice and Hospitals


# of people in hospice with a primary diagonsis of dementia


# of emergency department visits per 1,000 people with dementia

People with Alzheimer's disease have twice as many hospital stays per year as other older people. Nationally, emergency department visits for those with dementia have increased nearly 30% over the past decade.

The 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report contains data on the impact of Alzheimer's on the nation and in every state across the country.
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